Sunday, September 19, 2021

Dispelling the Amazing Voting Myth: Christians Should Not Vote Based on 1 Corinthians 1:10

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*Amazingly, it is interesting, that 1 Corinthians 1:10 has been twisted to commit the fatal action of not voting or by writing in silly names on the ballot.

1 Corinthians 1:10 says, I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. Time to dispel the amazing myth of not voting based on 1 Corinthians 1:10.

Paul was talking to brothers and sisters who had fallen into serious problems of disunity, sexual immorality, confusion over church discipline, and other matters involving worship and holy living.

The church was divided over leadership. Some followed the teachings of Paul, others favored Cephas and some preferred Apollos. Paul urged the Corinthians to focus on Christ and not his messengers. Believers were divided on practices not expressly forbidden in Scripture, such as eating meat that had been sacrificed to idols, ignoring blatant sin among its members, misunderstandings about the bodily resurrection of Jesus, the future resurrection of his followers, disorder in worship and misuse of spiritual gifts. None of this had anything to do with voting.

Some of the new believers believed Jesus was not risen from the dead. True, we are not clones, yet there are basic foundations we should all be united in mind and thought on/about. Jesus, was born by a virgin, died on a cross for my sins, overcame the grave three days later and is alive and active today. Sin no longer has power over us. Not to do good (vote) when you have it within you to do good (vote) is sin at the polls. As Christians we ought to be a people who seek peace; who pursue peace; who love harmony. And who abhor division! We have been called to do something about unemployment, corrupt politicians, broken systems and the voice of the voiceless. Nonvoting people violate Luke 19:13 which says occupy until I return. Nonvoting people champion the woes of society. Proverbs 29:2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.

1 Corinthians 1:10 does not tell us not to vote. That is an amazing voting myth. Deut. 1:13 supports voting. Choose for your tribes wise, understanding, and experienced men, and I will appoint them as your heads.’ Jesus said, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” (Mark 12:17). Our Caesar is this republic; the United States of America. We are the tribe! A land where people have died, stood in lines for hours and fought on foreign territory for the right to vote. The United States of America is owned by God. Check out the lyrics of Matthew West’s song, Do Something

I woke up this morning
Saw a world full of trouble now, thought
How’d we ever get so far down, and
How’s it ever gonna turn around
So I turned my eyes to Heaven
I thought, “God, why don’t You do something?”
Well, I just couldn’t bear the thought of
People living in poverty
Children sold into slavery
The thought disgusted me
So, I shook my fist at Heaven
Said, “God, why don’t You do something?”
He said, “I did, yeah, I created you”

How do we occupy, protect and serve when there’s no players in the game and we don’t support godly soldiers on the battlefield? The Lord said, I was looking for a man to build up the wall. Time we reclaim what is ours. As His change agents, Vote!

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Most Christians who participate in the electoral process fail to recognize or acknowledge the connection between war and violence and the ballot box, preferring to take little or no responsibility for those they elect into office. But what the author of this article (and the majority of Christians) overlook has been explained succinctly in David Lipscomb’s “Civil Government”:

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    [H]e who maintains and supports an institution is responsible for the general results of that institution. The general and necessary results of human government are war and the use of carnal weapons to maintain the government. Every one then that actively supports human government, is just as responsible for the wars and bloodshed that grow out of its existence and maintenance as are the men who actively wage and carry on the war.

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    So a question Christians need to consider is whether they can keep their hands clean and remain “innocent as doves” when they vote men and women into positions of national power? Is it possible to separate their votes for a candidate from the job functions that the candidate must perform?

    When Christians elect officials whose duty it is to govern a people using the threat of violence against them, and who have the power to use violence against perceived enemies in distant lands, which often end up killing innocent bystanders and causing collateral damage on account of the messy imprecision of warfare, do they not in some way become their supporters and employers? When Christians participate in these types of secular elections, they should consider that they are not only selecting representatives, but are also authorizing those representatives to perform certain job functions-duties which include the use of violence against others. And when Christian do this, do they not in some way become complicit and culpable? Read Matthew 27:22-26 if you wish to see the only place in the Bible where a citizenry voted on an issue. History goes on to show how that electorate was then held responsible for their votes to crucify Jesus, even though they never laid a finger on him but voted instead by proxy, which is exactly the same thing Christians do when they vote national leaders into positions of deadly power.

    For a much more serious look at this issue (something the author of this article should have done before penning such a shallow article), check out the book “Blood Guilt” by P. Kapusta. In particular, chapters 17 & 18.

  2. Voting is your right. The word of GOD tells us to obey the law of the land until if becomes contrary to HIS word. I don’t protest to be the smartest person, but I understand the prophets of old told us that the government will be on HIS shoulders. Government is politics and the Pharisees and Sadducees was political people and they even voted to have Jesus put to death. So if GOD gave us the right to vote, GOD understood that some would try to twist HIS words to suits their agenda. But GOD looks at the heart of man. That’s why war will rage until HIS return. God gave us a choice. Some choose the wrong path and some choose the right path, but voting is not the problem, the problem is when man change the democracy of the norm to win at all cost, even if they cheat to get it. GOD did not make them sin they chose to.

  3. Ms. Jones stated, “I understand the prophets of old told us that the government will be on HIS shoulders.” Correct, but such prophetic words do not pertain to the secular governments of this age. The prophecy of Isaiah that you refer to (Isa 9:6) is speaking of the age to come–the Kingdom of God–not the present age. The Messiah is to have the government of the Kingdom of God on his shoulders. We are not in the Kingdom of God. It is an age to come.

    What must not be lost sight of until that kingdom comes is that Jesus calls his flock out from this evil generation and tells them to be “innocent as doves.” As I pointed out in my original posting, that “innocence” can easily be lost when a Christian supports a politician who is part of a system that uses violence. The vote is the handle of the sword, and a Christian who puts into power an individual who uses their newly elected power to harm and destroy is partly culpable for the damage their representative inflicts. Is this being “innocent as doves”?

    If unbelievers wish to be part of that system, that’s fine. I will not criticize them. But when an individual who claims to be a follower of Jesus becomes tainted with blood guilt, well then, I think it is time to speak up like the prophet Isaiah and point out how far they have fallen.

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